By Gary Graff
DETROIT (Billboard) - As Sarah McLachlan prepares to resurrect the Lilith Fair after an 11-year break, she acknowledges that ticket sales for the female-centered package are "pretty soft" right now.
The trek kicks off June 27 in Calgary, with 36 dates before wrapping August 16 in Dallas. McLachlan, one of Lilith's co-founders, will be joined on the bill by the likes of Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Carly Simon, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.
There has been some grumbling about ticket prices, which are more than $250 (before fees) in some markets.
"There's about 300 seats out of 16,000 or whatever that are $250," she says. "Then there's 9,000 that are 25 dollars, so come on. We're working our hardest to have reasonably priced tickets so it can be accessible for everyone and that people will want to come. We might get slaughtered, I don't know, but I kind of have blind faith in the fact we're putting on a really great show and we always have, and that will bring people in the end."
McLachlan herself says she's particularly excited about having the Go-Go's and Bangles take part in some of this year's dates. "That's my high school days," she notes.
She's also pleased to be able to mix new Lilith participants such as Blige, Loretta Lynn, Cat Power and Metric with returnees and "friends" like Crow, Emmylou Harris and the Indigo Girls.
The tour will coincide with the June 15 release of McLachlan's first album in seven years, "Laws of Illusion." The first single, "Loving You is Easy," is currently available at digital retailers.
"I can't wait to play these new ('Laws of Illusion') songs live, but the trouble is, doing Lilith, everybody wants the hits, so I have to be careful," McLachlan said. "I'll rehearse four or five of the (new) songs and just rotate 'em and do two each night or something like that."